By Min Shepherd, Guest Correspondent

The Bobbie
The Bobbie

If you’re like most people, the fact that you have things for which to be thankful takes up — at the most — a corner of your mind on the daily. If you’re like more most people, you reserve the month of November to be a little more cognizant of that fact, as well as of those things. And, if you’re like me, you’ve been able to add to the list one more thing, because Eat a Sandwich sampled Così’s Thanksgiving flatbread so you wouldn’t have to.

Now, I don’t know if you viewed this “sacrifice” as an opportunity to seek out a better Thanksgiving sandwich, especially given that you can easily make one for yourself on Friday, but it did to me. Sort of. You see, fate has recently landed me at a new job and that new job has landed me two blocks from the first of hopefully several Capriotti’s locations that will be peppering the D.C. grid within the next year or two. I say hopefully because I’ve been a fan of the Delaware-born chain for years and the closer the proximity of one of these shops to my apartment, the happier I’ll be.

If you’re not familiar with Capriotti’s, you should probably be paying more attention. Their family sandwich legacy has planted itself firmly in the hearts of individuals such as Joe Biden and yours truly (who I hear are both pretty cool), and their “Bobbie,” consisting of turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and mayo, was named “The Greatest Sandwich in America” in a 2010 AOL readers’ poll.

Long before it earned the aforementioned title, I had already deemed it such in my mind. So when I finally reached the counter (the grand opening buzz has generated a long line for ordering, although it moves rather quickly), I already knew in my heart of hearts the subject of this great reunion. Having extolled the virtues of the Bobbie to my lunch companion, I ordered two for the both of us and sat at a nearby table, to which an employee actually brought the sandwiches when they were ready.

What followed, dear readers, is, honestly — and perhaps shamefully — the thing for which I am most thankful. Making good on their mission to cater to “real turkey lovers,” Capriotti’s certainly doesn’t disappoint, which makes their freshly roasted turkey the star of this sandwich. The other ingredients are well-balanced and lack the sodium interloper that proves to be the downfall of many sandwich chains and the iterations of this very sandwich they may churn out.

Make no mistake about it — all this glory contained in a supremely fresh roll serves as the perfect Thanksgiving substitute (or pre-game, in my case). And yes, I suppose you could argue that no one needs to be eating a Thanksgiving sub two days before actual Thanksgiving. But I urge you to find out why Capriotti’s makes throwing this brand of logic out the window completely worth it.

Min Shepherd is a D.C.-based UX specialist focusing on digital content and communications strategy. One of‘s newest chefs, she can often be found hosting brunch and supper clubs for friends and strangers alike, although when it comes to sandwiches, she’d rather someone else make them for her.

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November 27, 2013